Timothy Jay
Paper, $15.95
160 pages, 5 x 8
ISBN 0-89390-412-0

Timothy Jay, author of What to Do When your Students Talk Dirty, has followed up with this companion book for parents. Like the original, this book starts by defining the types of bad language — from vulgarity to obscenity to insults — and then sets out to help readers control bad language in their environment — in this case, in the home. Jay shows parents how to clarify which language values are important to them and how to use behavior management techniques to improve the quality of their children’s language. This resource is useful for parents of children of any age, including teenagers.


“Dr. Jay’s advice is easy to understand. He sets his abundant use of examples — at first a bit unnerving — in the contexts of language values, media influence and the kind of language that kids and adults use. Dr. Jay appreciates the problems and pressures that kids face, as is evident in his clear and common-sense plan for language limits we can reasonably expect to enforce.”
— Dr. Harris Elder, father and professor of English, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

“Your checklist is very good for parents. I wish I had this book when my children were small. However, I’ll be able to use it with my grandchildren.”
— Diane Collins, mother and grandmother

“I enjoyed this book and will use these newly learned tactics for the two little ones in my home. ”
— Nicki Blais, mother and family services coordinator, Head Start

“... an admirable job of bridging and infusing linguistic information into a self-help book for parents.”
— Theresa Miller, consultant to Family Literacy Program

About the Author

Timothy Jay, a psychology professor at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, has dedicated his career to the study of taboo language. He has appeared frequently on national news programs as an expert on bad language and trains teachers to manage language behavior in their classrooms. His previous books are Cursing in America (John Benjamins, 1992) and What to Do When Your Students Talk Dirty (Resource Publications, Inc., 1996).